Washington History Seminar Fall 2014 Schedule

The seminar meets on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. at the Wilson Center in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 13th and Pennsylvania, NW, in downtown Washington, DC. Reservations are requested because of limited seating and are accepted beginning one week prior to each session at 202-450-3209 or mbarber@historians.org.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center. It meets weekly on Mondays at 4 p.m. during the academic year in the 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Ronald Reagan Building,  Woodrow Wilson Center ,1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Federal Triangle Metro Stop). The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for its support.

September 8: Peter Finn (Washington Post), on The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book


September 15: Lisa Leff (American University) on The Archive Thief  


September 22: Malcolm Byrne (George Washington University), Lessons of Iran-Contra: Behind the Scenes of Ronald Reagan’s Iran Gambit, 1985-86  


September 29: Akira Iriye (Harvard), “International Affairs and Transnational Relations”


October 6: Nathan Connolly (Hopkins), A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida. 


October 13: Columbus Day, no seminar


October 20: Gregory Domber (University of North Florida), on Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War


October 27: Austin Jersild (Old Dominion), on Sino-Soviet Relations and the Dilemmas of Socialist Bloc Cooperation: Czechoslovaks in Shanghai, 1956-57


November 3: Ken Hughes (UVA), on Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate


November 10: Veterans Day 11/11, no seminar 


November 17: Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Monticello/UVA), on The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire


November 24: Thanksgiving week, no seminar


December 1: David Chappell (Oklahoma), Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King   


December 8: Sarah Snyder (American University), on Human Rights Before Carter


December 15: Suzy Kim (Rutgers), on Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950